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Halloween: A cut-throat market?     Thu, 30 Oct '14 | 8:00 PM ET

Halloween has become one of the most important event for U.K. retailers but the battle for sales is leaving some shops struggling.

European shares opened higher on Friday after data showed that the U.S. economy grew more than expected in the last quarter.

We live in a low-yield and low growth world and investors need to adjust their perspectives of what¿s an attractive return, Michael Krautzberger, CIO and Head of Euro Fixed Income at BlackRock, tells CNBC.

Despite Norway's low unemployment and economic growth, the country has to attract solid investments over the longer-term, Siv Jensen, Finance Minister of Norway, told CNBC, particularly when oil prices are fluctuating.

Business as a whole is going strong but geo-political such as ISIS, Ebola and Hong Kong protests have influenced corporate decision-making and made clients more cautious about the future, Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, tells CNBC.

Banks need to be more transparent     Fri, 31 Oct '14 | 3:00 AM ET

Banks need to move towards greater transparency so markets can see what¿s going on without having to take what the banks tell us at face value, Nick Carn, Founder of Carn Macro Advisors, tells CNBC.

Do electric vehicles have a future?     Fri, 31 Oct '14 | 2:45 AM ET

Electric vehicles are making inroads into European automobile markets but getting prices down is "a real challenge," Darran Messem, MD of Certification and International Director at The Carbon Trust, tells CNBC.

As the French economy struggles, Lars Machenil, chief financial officer at BNP Paribas, tells CNBC that investment in structural reforms was ¿still in negative territory¿ in France

The Bank of Japan has announced further easing on Friday, citing concerns that a decline in oil prices would hurt consumer prices. The Japanese yen could weaken to 115 against the dollar, Geoffrey Yu, FX Strategist at UBS, told CNBC.

Europe can "never say never" to beginning its own quantitative easing program but there is no scope for it right now, Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank and ECB governing council member, told CNBC.

Matthew Phan, Analyst, Asia-Pacific Banks at CreditSights, outlines factors behind DBS' third straight quarter of profit growth. He later discusses the lender's interests in India and Indonesia.

Friday's decision is a move by the central bank to "drive out all doubts about how it will achieve its desired inflation goal," says Ed Rogers, CEO & CIO at Rogers Investment Advisors.

Chong Yoon Chou, Investment Director at Aberdeen Asset Management, discusses news that the Bank of Japan expanded its monetary base target on Friday.

Singapore gears up for Halloween     Thu, 30 Oct '14 | 11:51 PM ET

Jimmy Wong, Events Director for Sentosa Leisure Management, introduces the "Sentosa Spooktacular" and explains how its Asian-themed concept differs from other events.

Not only did LinkedIn's third quarter revenue beat expectations, the results also outperformed rivals in the social media space, says Charles Sizemore, CIO of Sizemore Capital Management.

Motley Fool's Halloween stock picks     Thu, 30 Oct '14 | 11:10 PM ET

David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, explains why he likes Singapore's Epicentre Holdings, Petra Foods and Haw Par Corporation for this Halloween.

HSBC's outlook for the euro and yen     Thu, 30 Oct '14 | 10:46 PM ET

Policy paralysis continues to weigh on the euro next week while the dollar-yen pair will hold firm on GPIF's portfolio change, says Paul Mackel, Head of Asia Currency Research at HSBC.

Cyrus Daruwala, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at IDC Financial Insights, explains why Australian and Singaporean banks are outperforming market expectations in terms of earnings.

Despite a one-off jump in defense spending, Thursday's growth data painted a positive picture of the U.S. economy, says Patrick Chovanec, MD and Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management.

Michael Ellis, International Director of Michelin Guides, discusses the latest "Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau" which awarded Hong Kong with 14 new starred restaurants.

Deborah Elms, Executive Director at Asian Trade Centre, explains why she expects next week's APEC summit to facilitate an agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist at AMP Capital Investors, outlines the factors that are driving Japanese stocks higher on Friday.

Ahead of the release of second quarter earnings, Atul Goyal, Senior Analyst at Jefferies, explains why he's upbeat on Sony.

Tim Jagger, SVP & Portfolio Manager for Fixed Income - Asia at Aviva Investors, says high-yield bonds are attractive over the next 6 months as the Fed is not in a hurry to raise rates.

David Joy, Chief Market Strategist, Ameriprise Financial, says growth in consumer spending and government's defense spending won't be sustainable in the coming quarters.

Japan's government pension investment fund may announce plans to hike equity investments Friday. Charles Blankley, CIO of Gemmer Asset Management, discusses the potential market impact.

Is Mrs Watanabe back in business?     Thu, 30 Oct '14 | 7:32 PM ET

Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JP Morgan Securities Japan and Robert Medd, Partner at G-M-T Research, discuss whether Japan is seeing a sustained rebound in consumer spending.

CNBC's Samantha Loring outlines the characteristics of various trade agreements that exist at the moment in Asia-Pacific.

Mike Smith, CEO of ANZ, outlines the factors contributing to the bank's record annual net profit. He also discusses ANZ's Asia-focused growth strategy moving forward.

Mike Kercheval, President & CEO of International Council of Shopping Centers, discusses the spending habits of U.S. consumers during Halloween.

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